Brooklyn DE Thomas Reacts to Rutgers Offer

Brooklyn Midwood defensive end Matthew Thomas saw a recent spat of offers, and he broke them down with Scout.

The spring evaluation period is a boon for Brooklyn Midwood defensive end Matthew Thomas.

As schools make the rounds through the borough, the likes of Wake ForestRutgers and Temple are leaving with a deep appreciation of the talented 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thomas. And, they are leaving offers.

Each of those three offered, as did Buffalo and a few FCS schools.

"I went from having no offers a few weeks ago to now having (seven), so it's kind of overwhelming," Thomas said. "Every day it's a new thing."

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Thomas made spring visits to Rutgers and Temple, and he was impressed with both programs. 

When he was offered by the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday night, he told Scout "I'm pumped." The offer came after assistant coach Bill Busch saw Thomas work out.

"They had been to the school before that, but I didn't speak to them," Thomas said. "I went through agility stuff, and I did pretty well with that. They said I'm pretty (agile) for my size.

"I spoke to coach (Chris) Ash and he was the one who offered me a scholarship. I also spoke to (player development) coach (Kevin) Dobes. Coach Ash said I could play at the next level and be a big impact player for them. He talked about academically how they are a good school. That is one of the things I am definitely looking forward to learning more about."

Thomas attended a Rutgers junior day in February, and he was also at spring practice.

"There was a lot of intensity at practice and they flew around," Thomas said. "I liked the vibe I got from them."

Temple was the first to offer, and Thomas already built a strong relationship with defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

"I love Temple," Thomas said. "The coaches are always contacting me. I definitely feel at home over there. I went to their spring game and it was really nice. They have a good team, definitely a lot of slept-on potential. It was intense. It was hard hitting and something definitely good to watch.

"I talk to coach Panagos on a daily basis. He's a really good coach, a great guy. He gives me tips every now and again."

Wake Forest became involved with Thomas after his coach sent film to the Demon Deacons. From there, defensive line coach Dave Cohen got involved.

"I talked to him for a little bit and then he offered me a scholarship," Thomas said. "(Wednesday), one of the coaches from Wake Forest came to school. I know they have a really good business program, so I am definitely interested. I want to get into business administration and minor in finance. "

And like Panagos, Cohen is a Long Island native and knows the layout of New York well.

"Coach Cohen is a good guy. I like him a lot," Thomas said. "He always sends me videos, gives me tips. He made a couple of edits for me."

Thomas said he plans to visit Rutgers, Wake Forest and Temple in June.


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